Woody White

Top rated criminal defense attorney in Wilmington, North Carolina

Woody White Law PLLC
Woody White
Woody White Law PLLC

Practice Areas: Criminal defense, Personal injury, Aviation & aerospace; view more

Licensed in North Carolina since: 1994

Education: University of Nebraska - Lincoln College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012, 2017 - 2023

Woody White Law PLLC

2004 Eastwood Road
Suite #201
Wilmington, NC 28403 Visit website


Woody White is a senior partner with Woody White Law PLLC, a general practice, criminal and personal injury law firm in Wilmington, North Carolina. Since 1994, Mr. White has focused on representing defendants charged with serious criminal offenses, as well as plaintiffs who have been victims of negligence or abusive conduct. He handles cases involving motor vehicle accidents, damages against drunk drivers, bicycle accidents, as well as those charged with criminal offenses in either state or federal court.

Among his many accomplishments, Mr. White is a former North Carolina state senator, having been appointed by the governor of North Carolina to serve in the legislature in 2004. He has twice been recognized by Business North Carolina magazine as a member of its “LEGAL ELITE”, winning the award in 2007 and 2010.

Woody was elected and served two terms as a New Hanover County Commissioner from 2012 - 2020, receiving the most votes in a 6 way contested election.  At his first meeting, he was unanimously selected by his fellow commissioners as Chairman of the New Hanover Board of Commissioners.  Woody also represents the County on the Cape Fear Communtity College Board, and other the TAC/MPO board.

As a Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law, Mr. White has extensive courtroom experience and has won numerous jury trials. He has litigated countless suppression motions and bond hearings and has represented thousands of defendants charged with violent crimes, white collar offenses, drug offenses, sexual offenses and literally everything in between. He is an active member of the North Carolina Bar Association and the National Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, and he has served extensively on local boards in the Wilmington community.

Mr. White is a lifelong resident of Southeastern North Carolina and received his law degree from the University of Nebraska. He is licensed to practice before the state bar of North Carolina, the Eastern District of the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and was sworn in to the United States Supreme Court by the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist.

Please visit my other website http://www.wilmingtonpersonalinjurylaw.com/ for more information

Practice areas

Criminal defense, Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Aviation and aerospace, Criminal defense: DUI/DWI, Criminal defense: white collar, Workers' compensation: claimant

Focus areas

Criminal law, Drug & alcohol violations, Sex offenses, Traffic violations, Animal bites, Assault, Motor vehicle accidents, Personal injury - plaintiff, Wrongful death, Construction accident, Brain injury, Sexual abuse - plaintiff, Trucking accidents, Premises liability - plaintiff, Aviation accidents - plaintiff, DUI/DWI, White collar crime, Criminal law - federal

  • 30% Criminal defense
  • 30% Personal injury - general: plaintiff
  • 10% Aviation and aerospace
  • 10% Criminal defense: DUI/DWI
  • 10% Criminal defense: white collar
  • 10% Workers' compensation: claimant

First Admitted: 1994

Professional Webpage: https://www.woodywhitelaw.com/

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, Airlie Gardens Foundation
  • Chairman, Finance Committee, Hanover Regional Medical Center, 2001 - 2002
  • Member, Criminal Justice Act, Panel Attorney, 1998
  • Member - North Carolina Advocates for Justice, 2005
  • Board Member, Coastal Horizons, 2003 - 2005
  • Board Member, Habitat for Humanity, 2006 - 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2000
  • President, Rotary International, Wilmington South, 1998
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2003
  • Member, Delegate, Republican National Convention, 2004
  • Member, New Hanover County Bar Association
  • Member, Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum
  • Lower Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity, 2006 - Present Trustee
  • Member, United States Tennis Association
  • Chairman, New Hanover County Republican Party, 1997 - 2001
  • Member, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, 2008 - Present
  • Member - United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, 2000
  • Member, Rotary International, Wilmington South, 1996 - Present
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina, 1997
  • Vice President, Dick Cheney Event Coordinator, 2002
  • Member, North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member,  Alternate Delegate, Republican National Convention, 1988
  • Member, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, 1999 - 2002 Trustee
  • Member, United States Association of Triathlons
  • Member, Chief Legal Counsel, North Carolina Republican Party, 2002 - 2004
  • Member, United States Navel Academy, Nominee, 1987
  • Member - United States Supreme Court, 2003
  • Board Member, North Carolina Hospital Association PAC, 1999 - 2002
  • UNCW Board of Trustees, Member - Appointed by the Speaker of the N.C. House of Representatives, 2018
  • North Carolina, 1994
  • Member, Legislative Affairs Committee, Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, 1997 - 1998
  • Member, North Carolina State Bar, 1994
  • Member, Delegate, Republican National Convention, 2000
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Winter Park Optimist T-Ball and Little League Coach
  • Youth Basketball Coach, St. John's Episcopal Church
  • Member, St. Andrews Covenant Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, NC
Educational Background:
  • B.A. - History from Southern College - Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1991
  • North Carolina Legal Elite, Business North Carolina Magazine, 2007
  • North Carolina Legal Elite, Business North Carolina Magazine, 2010
  • Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Board Certified Specialist in State Criminal Law, 2009
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of NC, 1997
  • Board Certified Specialist in Federal Criminal Law, 2009
  • All North Carolina Courts, 1994
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth District, 2000
  • United States Supreme Court, 2003
  • Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney, 1998

Office location for Woody White

2004 Eastwood Road
Suite #201
Wilmington, NC 28403

Phone: 910-338-4900


8 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2012, 2017 - 2023

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